One of the suspects in the killing of a Bacolod hotel owner Saturday night was also gunned down 6 p.m. yesterday, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, Bacolod police director, said.
Raymond Longno, alias “Small Boy”, died at the Bacolod Doctor’s Hospital from multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by a still unidentified assailant at Malaspina Street in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, de la Paz said.
On Saturday, a lone gunman fatally shot businessman Johnny Chua, 63, of Capitolville Subdivision, at JV-Burgos streets, Bacolod City, as his son was driving him home. De la Paz said then that the motive must have been “personal.”
Chua, a lawyer and the owner of the Eastview Hotel at Carlos Hilado Street-Circumferential road and of Prenda Negrense Pawnshop and Jewelry store at Luzuriaga Street in Bacolod City, was shot four times and one bullet hit the right side of his body, he added.
Chua was on board his black Isuzu Alterra vehicle, driven by his son Brent Andrew, 24, on their way home from the Bacolod downtown area, when the shooting happened.
Brent Andrew told the police that he was about to turn right to Burgos Street from JV Street when an unidentified man fired at his father four times.
The younger Chua could not describe the suspect or tell if he had a companion, because he immediately rushed his wounded father to the Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital where he died, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, head of the Special Operations Group of the Bacolod City Police, said.
The windshield at the passenger side of the car, where the victim was sitting, had four bullet holes on it, while deformed slugs from an unknown caliber of firearm were recovered from the vehicle. A pair of surgical gloves, believed used by the suspect, was also recovered from the area where the shooting happened, police records showed.
De la Paz last night said Longno, a reported gun-for- hire, is one of the suspects in the Chua killing because witnesses identified him from pictures as the person they saw walking away from the crime scene on Saturday.
Longno, who has been linked to robbery and holdup cases, was also a suspect in the failed assassination attempt on Barangay Banago Captain Roel Cordova in November 2008, de la Paz said.
He was also linked to the killing of businessman Remo Javellona in Talisay City and the ambush on Benedict Gochangco in Bacolod City.
The killing of Chua triggered the relief of Station 4 chief, Senior Insp. Dianne Aquitania yesterday, by virtue of command responsibility, as her men failed to foil the incident. She swapped posts with BCPO Administrative Branch head and former Station 4 commander, Chief Insp. Danilo Francisco, de la Paz said.
A special investigation task force, headed by de la Paz and composed of Francisco, Rapiz, Chief Insp. Fernando Salvatierra of the Criminal and Investigation and Detection Group-Bacolod, Chief Insp. Ulysses Ortiz of the BCPO Investigation Branch and Insp. Mark Jungco of the Intelligence Branch was formed to speed up the investigation of the crime.
A case conference was held yesterday and de la Paz said the assassination of Chua appeared to be premeditated, and that the suspect had closely monitored the activities of the businessman before the killing.
Chua’s remains are now at the Rolling Hills Memorial chapels.*CPG/APN